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This season, give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind

Are any of these items on your shopping list?
November 24, 2014

This year, give your friends and family something a little outside the box! Give the gift of safety and security. We’ve rounded up three holiday giving ideas to help make life go a little more smoothly:

Holiday toys.
Various NOAA Weather radios are available for purchase.
NOAA weather radios.
A wide variety of NOAA Weather radios are available for purchase. (NOAA)

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards: These life-saving radios broadcast immediate warnings about tornadoes, floods, and even a chemical spill in your area. You also can turn them on anytime to get your local weather conditions and forecasts. 

The radios are available at electronics stores, marine supply stores, mail order catalogs and online retailers (NOAA does not sell the radios). Prices vary by model and options, but typically range between $20 and $80. You can program your radio to get alerts just for your area by using these codes.

Personal locator beacons can be the difference between life and death.
Personal locator beacons
Personal locator beacons can be the difference between life and death. (NOAA)

Emergency Locator Beacon: If you want to ensure the safety of a mariner, pilot or weekend hiker, think about an emergency locator beacon. If you find yourself in peril and have one of these devices with you, NOAA can find and locate you by satellite as part of the Search and Rescue Satellite System

Since 1982, more than 35,000 people have been rescued worldwide under the satellite-aided tracking system. The beacons can be detected instantly and provide search and rescue personnel with vital registration information. They are easy to register and can be purchased from an online retailer or local marine store. Don't forget: You must register your 
beacon with NOAA, which can be done easily online

NOAA Diving Manual, Diving for Science and Technology, 5th Edition
NOAA Diving Manual, Diving for Science and Technology, 5th Edition
(NOAA) 

NOAA Diving Manual, Diving for Science and Technology, 5th Edition: This definitive encyclopedia of diving is a must-have for serious divers. Topics include diving equipment, breathing gas mixtures, safety, first aid, marine life and a history of diving. You can order the manual online from Best Publishing Companyoffsite link or by phone at 800-468-1055 ext.10.